TRH RECAP 20: THE DEVIL YOU KNOW


KINGS 2, DEVILS 0

 

When faced with a difficult choice, sometimes the devil you know is better than the one you don’t.

Yeah, I think we know these Devils.


I found myself experiencing an unexpected pang of nostalgia watching this game, the first between these two teams since June 11, 2012.  Despite the stakes being far lower on this night, I still felt a sense of importance hanging over the matchup and a chance to add a nice postscript F-U to the New Jersey Devils, our historic footstool to reach the Stanley Cup.

And though this tweet may or may not have been about the New Jersey Devils, I felt it still applied to the hockey world’s general sentiments as the game got underway:

 

The first period was a terse affair, with neither team willing to give up much. It became clear that besides 2 points, pride was on the line for the victor tonight.

On 11/15/13, the Kings and Devils played in front of a rabid crowd of over 4 people.

After the first intermission, I found myself thinking back upon the past 522 days, reflecting on how my whole identity as a Kings fan has transformed from what I’ve known throughout my life. These LA Kings players are now titan-like, iconic figures who I will respect and be a fan of forever – and now I get to watch them once more take on the very team that sealed this paradigm shift.

It wasn’t until the third period, though, that the stalemate would give way.

And then it happened…

The Kings sealed their dominance over the Devils by proving that even Dwight King could score a GWG against them. Soon after, Anze Kopitar capped off his clinic-like performance with an empty netter, and all was right in the world.

Yes, if there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that sometimes the devil you know is better than the one you don’t.

Tufficult out.

-King Tufficult (@KingTufficult)

As a child, King Tufficult liked to hang out at Iceoplex to watch his dad’s summer skating group that included many gloriously mulleted individuals. Some of the people attached to those mullets played for the early 90′s LA Kings. It was destiny. Since then, King Tufficult is best known for extensively traveling in Europe during the Cup Finals and writing “The Post” after Game 6 of the 2014 WCF. If you're a glutton for punishment, you can follow King Tufficult on Twitter @KingTufficult.